Access information

See also the NEW Access Guide, including photographs and additional features created by University Administration and Services.


The library is located on the ground floor of the Manor Road Building (MRB). Access is by ramp or a flight of three steps to a revolving door or swipe access door. Porters are available to assist during building opening hours via the MRB Reception Desk.

Once in the building, the library is directly opposite the entrance. There is a secure library swipe gate operated by University card. Readers who are unable to use this may enter via the exit barrier.

Navigating around the Library

The library is on the ground floor and has large open spaces and wide aisles. If you have difficulty finding your way or getting material from top shelves, please ask a member of staff for help.


There are marked spaces between the St Cross and Manor Road Buildings.

For further information on parking or accessing the building please contact the Manor Road Building Reception.

Food and drink

Bottled water is allowed in the library, and other drinks are permitted if contained in a Bodleian KeepCup. Drinks in other containers is not permitted and no food is allowed. There is a water dispenser in the locker room next to the building reception desk and a canteen and vending machines in the common room on the first floor. Lift access to this area is next to reception.


All toilets including an accessible toilet are located just inside the entrance to the library. There are also accessible toilets on each level in the building.

Assistive Animals

Assistive animals such as guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the library.


The fire alarm sounds as a continuous siren. Emergency lighting is activated if the main lighting fails. In an emergency staff are sent to clear the library and offer assistance if required.

All fire exits are clearly marked with a green sign and are automatically unlocked in an emergency.

Readers who require assistance during evacuation must meet with George Newman, the Facilities Manager, to draw up a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP), a copy of which should be given to the SSL Disability Contact.


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